ABOUT ME

I was born and raised in Bombay, India. I followed my passion for aviation to the United States to learn to fly and pursue the goal of becoming an airline pilot. Along the way, my path changed several times leading me down different roads, including airport operations, and Safety Management Systems (SMS) implementation. I returned to graduate school to sharpen these skills and was immersed into the world of research. I have been actively involved in research and publishng since late 2013. I am also a commercial pilot and avid motorcyle, go kart and car racer. In my spare time I compete in US Masters swimming championships.

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Consumer Perceptions

Passenger Preference Airline Type

Cockpit Design

Pilot Configuration

System Wide Trust Theory

Scale Development

Regression and Mediation Analyses

Mars Habitat and Crew Research

Cabin Depressurization

Pilot Fatigue

Ph.D.

Florida Institute of Technology - 2017 

Aviation Sciences (Human Factors)

M.S.A

Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

Applied Aviation Safety

B.S.

Florida Institute of Technology - 2013

Aviation Management with Flight

SERVICE

Research Service:

International Journal of Aviation Sciences - Asst. Managing Editor

Journal of Technologies in Society-

Associate Editor and Reviewer

University Service:

Academic Program Assessment Committee (APAC) Member

Faculty Senator

Coordinator, Compliance and Assessment, College of Aeronautics

New Faculty Mentorship Program, College of Aeronautics

University Graduate faculty serving on master's theses and doctoral dissertations

University Disciplinary Committee

Greek Alumni Advisory Board

Internships Chair

UAS Minor Chair

Advising Training Committee

Publications Committee

Chairman - Academic Information Technology Committee (ACITC), April 2019 - April 2020

Academic Information Technology Committee (ACITC) Mini grant Chair, April 2018 - April 2019

Chapter Advisor to Delta Tau Delta Iota Xi

Alpha Eta Rho Risk Management Advisor

National Service:

Division Vice-President - Delta Tau Delta Southern Division

Reviewing panelist for Department of Defense’s SMART Scholarship

HONORS & AWARDS

Most Valuable Panther – Employee of the Month University Wide, April 2020​

Faculty of the Year Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 (ISSS), 2019

National Gold Philanthropy Award, 2019

National Silver Philanthropy Award, 2018

National Silver Philanthropy Award, 2017

Forbes 30 under 30: Science Finalist (Non-Winner), 2017

 

James S. Eaton Award - Outstanding Recent Graduate, 2016

National Gold Philanthropy Award, 2016

Alumnus of the Year, 2016 - Delta Tau Delta

First place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2015, Phoenix, AZ, 2015

Second place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2016, Phoenix, AZ, 2016

Third place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2016, Phoenix, AZ, 2016

Excellence in Graduate Presentation Award at the HFAP 2015, Daytona Beach, FL, 2015

Outstanding Graduate Student

Chris Gidding Scholarship Award

Patrick W. Halloran Scholarship Award

Distinguished Student Scholar Award

University President’s Campus Service Award

Kershner Scholar Award

Interfraternal Award

Brother of the Year Award - Delta Tau Delta

MEMBERSHIPS

Delta Tau Delta Education Foundation Heritage Society


Delta Tau Delta Education Foundation Lifetime Giving Society

 

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
 

Order of Omega


Phi Kappa Phi


Delta Mu Delta


American Association of Airport Executives


Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association


Phi Eta Sigma

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